AngularJS official Google support has ended as of January 2022
Starting on the 1st of July, 2018, AngularJS entered a three-year-long LTS (Long Term Support). During this period, very few commits were done on the project, progressively shifting the contributor’s community focus toward the new Angular, which has now reached version 14.
Why You Should Care about End of Support
Furthermore, AngularJS is a very solid library with several years of development, backed up by Google engineers and the open-source community. But it’s far from being perfect. With EOS, bugs will not be fixed anymore. If you happen to find a working malfunction in AngularJS, no one will take care of it.
In addition, developers that have to work with old and outdated library frameworks like AngularJS are usually frowned upon. Developers don’t want to work on projects and technologies that will not grant any valuable experience for their careers.
What are the Alternatives for Existing Projects?
Projects that are still running AngularJS in 2022 have some alternatives at stake.
Firstly, It’s still possible to continue working with AngularJS Support by requiring an extension of it. If the project you are considering migrating to will be discontinued in the next year, this is the best solution to avoid unnecessary and costly migration expenses.
In addition, there is the principal de-facto solution strongly recommended and extremely touted by Google: migrate all existing AngularJS applications to the new and shiny Angular. They have provided several tools and well-documented processes to ease the work.
The “automatic” migration process could be so complex and convoluted that a complete rewrite of the application from scratch could cost less in terms of energy and time (which means, of course, money).
Is It Still Possible to Use AngularJS for New Projects?